Wright will return to action soon

IPSWICH Town have today received some good news with confirmation that experienced defender David Wright will be back in action soon.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town have today received some good news with confirmation that experienced defender David Wright will be back in action soon.

There were fears that the 28-year-old could be out long-term after suffering a medial ankle ligament problem in the opening game against Preston.

This was one of the reasons that the Blues moved in to have an offer for Fulham's Moritz Voltz accepted by the Premier League club.

But Wright, who can play anywhere along the back four, is already back in light training with Town physio Matt Byard saying: “David has returned to jogging and had no reaction.

“We will be increasing his work load over the next few days and will continue to monitor his progress.”

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It will be too early to consider Wright for Saturday's home Coca-Cola Championship game against Wolverhampton, but he could be in line for a return against Colchester United in the Carling Cup at Portman Road on Tuesday.

Volz is believed to be considering offers to play top flight football in France and Germany with Blues boss Jim Magilton having some persuading to do to gain the 25-year-old's signature after agreeing a £250,000 fee with Fulham.

Another Fulham player - striker David Healy - has also been linked with Ipswich, and he could now be on the move. He is tipped to stay in the Premier League however and link up with his former Manchester United team mate Roy Keane at Sunderland.

“I am not angling for a move but if the right opportunity arises before the transfer deadline - and Fulham are happy - who knows?” said Healy.

Ipswich are continuing talks with Newcastle over the future of Shola Ameobi after the striker agreed terms with the Blues before a scan revealed a hamstring problem.

This has put the deal on hold, but Town are still showing a big interest in a player Newcastle are happy to sell - with an initial five-month loan deal leading to a reduced fee full transfer now a possibility.

The ball is currently in Newcastle's court, and there could be more movement before the week is out.

Darlington manager Dave Penney wants to extend Town Billy Clarke's loan spell after the striker started his first month with the Quakers impressively.

Penney said: “I don't think we'll get Billy permanently, but hopefully Ipswich will be happy for him to stay for a longer period. We'd love to keep him longer than a month.”

The Cork-born 20-year-old was placed on the Ipswich transfer list in May and may be allowed to go permanently.

Veliche Shumulikoski and Gareth McAuley won full international caps last night with Macedonia beating Luxembourg 4-1 and Northern Ireland drawing 0-0 with George Burley's Scotland at Hampden Park.

Shumulikoski played 90 minutes to win his 49th full Macedonian cap, while McAuley was replaced after 76 minutes of his 11th senior appearance for Northern Ireland.

Alex Bruce was an unused sub for the Republic of Ireland as his side drew 1-1 in Norway.